Land management agencies often lack the staff and resources necessary to restore native habitats and maintain ecosystem health on conserved lands. Restoration work may be necessary where lands have been historically degraded, mismanaged, or where invasive species are “out-competing” native species.
EDI is proud to partner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Wildlife, and Endangered Habitats Conservancy to provide both technical expertise and a community volunteer labor force (you!) to help restore native habitats. We do this by engaging volunteers from communities throughout San Diego County to participate in restoration projects, either on an on-going basis or during one-time events. Projects may include invasive species management, seed collection and processing for future dispersal, and sowing or planting native plant species.
Land restoration work is also integrated into our Elementary Field Trip program, where students plant native grasses and flowering plants as part of their hands-on learning and field experience. This unique partnership integrates student learning with the implementation of landscape management plans on conserved lands.
Our habitat restoration program supports our land management agencies to maintain ecosystem health, and also enables community members to meaningfully contribute to habitat restoration on conserved lands. Volunteer opportunities are open to individuals, families, groups and in support of partner organizations. Please visit our volunteer page (link) to learn more!
Learn more about our impact on the land and how you can help!